First Years' First Impressions

Sakshi Jain (Hometown: Delhi, India)

Sakshi Jain, Class of 2018

Sakshi Jain, Class of 2018

KV: How has Booth surprised you most?  

SJ: Everyone that I have met is extremely talented, but at the same time grounded, fun to be around, and so willing to help out.

KV: Most memorable moment?  

SJ: Random Walk Costa Rica!  We were so close as a group and really bonded through the outdoor activities and late night drinking games that usually turned into embarrassing childhood story time.  I was even able to go beyond my comfort zone with the support of my group, like when I jumped off the roof of a two story boat… Shout out to my fellow Colones!

KV: What is your #WhyBooth?  

SJ: Booth has provided so many opportunities (random walk, small group dinner, LOR, etc.) to meet people before the chaos of classes and recruiting started.  It really helped me form strong friendships, friendships that I know I can rely on if I ever need help.

KV: Living in the U.S. for the first time?  

SJ: The experience of living in the US is so special as this is my first time living away from home - I have already learned so much about myself.  Also, I am finally learning how to cook, although I still have a long way to go.

KV: Best piece of advice you received from a fellow Boothie?

SJ: From one of the 20/20 panelists: “Do things that you want to do, not things that you think well help you get a job”.  This is something a lot of people say, but is difficult to implement.

KV: What are you most stressed about?  

SJ: Getting a job. The consulting and tech processes are so networking focused, which is great, but very different from what I am used to in India.  The whole work authorization thing also adds a layer of complexity.

Greg D’Alessandro (Hometown: Alexandria, VA)

Greg D'Alessandro, Class of 2018

Greg D'Alessandro, Class of 2018

KV: How has Booth surprised you most?  

GD: I knew Booth was an incredibly diverse school, but I didn’t realize just how impactful different perspectives and backgrounds could be until I experienced them first hand in the classroom.

KV: What is your #WhyBooth?  

GD: Random Walk South Africa and the LOR leadership retreat.  Both were great ways for meeting new classmates and building strong relationships before classes got underway. The improv class at LOR in particular was a personal highlight for me.

KV: How is living in Chicago?  

GD: Chicago is amazing.  Coming from NYC I had my doubts, but Chicago has proven to be better on multiple levels - the people, the food/bar scene, the affordability.  I could absolutely see myself living here after graduation.

KV: What are you most looking forward to this quarter?  

GD: Getting through the foundation courses so I can explore more of the elective classes.  I’m also excited about starting conversations with investment management firms and hedge funds to learn more about the strategies and cultures at their respective companies.

KV: Best piece of advice you received from a fellow Boothie?  GD: Focus on the personal connections.  We have a lot going on with classes and recruiting, but we are in such a unique environment that gives an opportunity to learn from the people around us.

Kyle Veatch, Class of 2018

Kyle Veatch, Class of 2018

Kyle is a first year MBA student, interested in people!